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Students learn two life-skills—sewing and giving

March 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Girls in grades two through fifth at First Congregational Church are learning to sew. “We have had two sessions now where “seasoned” seamstresses in our Congregation who have given  their free time to teach the girls to sew,” said Alyssa Ladd.  “We have averaged around a dozen girls both times and the girls have had a great time while learning a valuable skill.  To add to that, we have made the sewing lessons mission driven.  In November, the girls made 18 pillowcases and donated them to Helen Devos Children’s Hospital.  This past Friday, March 13 we made 18 Charity Bears that we will also be donating to the Hospital.” Congratulations to these youngsters learning a very handy skill and for taking the time to use their work to help others.

How to be involved in the Fight Against Cancer

March 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

13 years ago Rockford hosted it’s first Relay For Life event. Relay for Life events are the premier fundraising event for The American Cancer Society. With over 5000 events worldwide the Rockford event has experienced great success due to continued community support. The Rockford Relay for Life is ranked 35th in the world in terms of dollars raised to fight cancer. Monies raised from Relay For Life events go to research, cancer outreach programs, education, and provide lodging for cancer patients receiving treatment (Hope Lodge).   Relay for Life of 2015 will take place at North Rockford Middle School track on May 15 and 16. The Rockford Community and neighboring communities are invited to attend the event and support The American Cancer Society’s commitment to helping find a cure for a cancer as well as improving the lives of those with cancer. The 24 hour event starts at 2:00 PM on Friday May 15 and will conclude Saturday May 16 at 2:00PM.   Many Rockford residents have attended the Relay and perhaps would like to know more about being involved in Relay for Life of Rockford. Perhaps the easiest way to support Relay is to come and walk a lap during the 24 hours of Relay. Still another way is to have a team at the event. Participating as a team simply involves having a walker from your team on the track during the event. As this is a relay teams create a schedule and have one walker representing their team on the track from 2:00 until 2:00. Any group can come together to form a team for the event. This year each school in the Rockford Public School system will have a team. Teams also consist of groups of friends, businesses and families. There is not ideal number to make a team successful just a commitment to finding a cure. Many worry they won’t be successful. Event committee measure success not by dollars raised but by the number of people at the event, survivors at the survivor walk (Friday night at 6:00 pm) and the general atmosphere of the event. Anyone who has thought in the past of having a team this would be a great year to start. Event committee are available to […]

Boy Scout Troop 282 of Rockford

March 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Boy Scout Troop 282 of Rockford will be kicking off the annual Boys Scouts of America’s Scouting for Food campaign on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Partnering with Family Fare – Rockford, food collection bags and flyers will be attached to community member’s front doors throughout the Rockford area.   Households are encouraged to fill the bags with non-perishable food items.   The Scouts will return to pick up the collection bags which should be placed on front porches by 8:00 am Saturday, March 21, 2015. Last year the Rockford community donated 900 pounds of food items during Scouting for Food. Troop 282 hopes that amount can be doubled this year. Scouting for Food is a National Good Turn of the Boy Scouts of America. Since 1988, over 200 million pounds of food have been gathered, making this the single largest food collection effort in the history of the United States. Not only does Scouting for Food help feed the hungry of our community, it teaches our Scouts that hunger is a problem. Millions of people go hungry every day. By participating in Scouting for Food, a Scout realizes there is a problem and he can help be a part of the solution. Scouting for Food provides a great service to our communities.   All collection donations will be delivered to North Kent Community Services for distribution.

Rockford Woman Takes Baking To a New Level- To Save Lives!

February 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Long time Rockford resident, Rebecca Cruttenden, is elbow deep in cookie dough, but not just because she likes cookies. She is starting a protein cookie business called Clara Cookies that will donate 100% of the profits to help special needs children get adopted out of orphanages around the world. Cruttenden is the founder and director of a charity called Team Orphans that has raised over $106,000 for special needs adoption grants in the last four years. She works with seven adoption agencies around the country, including Bethany here in Grand Rapids. From her Rockford home, she directs Team Orphans and now experiments with cookie recipes. Cruttenden, the mother of three adopted kids, is also an intense athlete, currently training for her fifth Ironman triathlon. She developed three tasty protein cookie recipes for her Ironman training, and now she’s turning it into a business to change lives. Clara Cookies will be launching on May 1 with large, individually wrapped gluten free protein cookies. Each cookie has 300 calories and 14 grams of protein, perfect for serious athletic training or a healthy meal replacement. Cookie lovers can choose from three flavors- peanut butter chocolate chip, coconut dark chocolate chip, and oatmeal raisin. With every cookie purchased, orphans will be given a chance to grow up in a family. Clara, the inspiration for the business, was an orphan who came home to a loving family last year because of the money Cruttenden raised. Business start-up costs are expensive, about $20,000, so Cruttenden has joined crowd funding through Go Fund Me. In the last two weeks, she has raised over $6,000. Now she needs 1,400 people who will donate just $10 each and Clara Cookies will begin. To donate, go to or check out the Team Orphans facebook page for the link.  


February 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA hosted its annual YMCA Auction at Wolverine Worldwide headquarters on January 30, with a goal to raise $75,000 to support the YMCA Scholarship program. Y Staff and board members were blown away by the generosity of those in attendance and the community at large. More than $122,000 was raised and will be used to make sure that programs at the YMCA are available to all in our community, regardless of ability to pay! “This was beyond our expectations,” said Dave Powers, YMCA Board member and Auction Chair. “So many people will be able to benefit from this generosity.” Many silent auction items went for three times their value. During the live auction, popular items such as a meet and greet with Alan Trammel, former Detroit Tiger’s baseball player, at a Whitecaps game went for thousands of dollars. Other popular items were vacation get-aways, Michigan football tickets, condos and cottages brought in big dollars. One lucky winner was drawn for a $5,000 Disney World vacation trip for 4, including air fare. The highlight of the night was the Fund-A-Need presentation where a mom and her three kids were able to articulate the importance of the YMCA summer day camp program. “When school is out, working parents need a safe and fun place for their kids to go over the summer,” said Dean Buntley, Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA Executive Director. “Childcare can be one of the biggest expenses a single mom has to deal with. The YMCA provides day camp all 13 weeks for kids to enjoy.” After hearing this story, 52 people raised their paddles to support this program directly. “People have already been asking about how they can be involved next year so we had to get the date on the calendar,” said Powers. “We have already set a date for next year’s YMCA Auction to be held on January 29, 2016.” The Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA Board of Directors would like to thank the presenting partner of YMCA Auction, Community West Credit Union, all the additional partners, those who donated items and those that bought them. If you or your company would like to sponsor or donate items for next year’s YMCA Auction, contact the Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA […]

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